Vietnam Travel Tips

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Passports and Visas
Passports and Visas
As travel guide, U.S. citizens of all ages must have a visa to enter Vietnam. Travelers can obtain a visa from either a Vietnamese embassy or consulate prior to arrival or apply for a visa on arrival.
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Passports and Visas for travel

Visitors to Vietnam must have a passport with a minimum of one month’s validity beyond the planned departure date (and six months’ validity if arriving by plane).

Many travel agencies in Vietnam offer visa-on-arrival services at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.

Etiquette
Etiquette

Etiquette

Showing deference with a nod is typical when meeting people. Handshakes are acceptable and should be firm. With the exception of handshakes, it is best to avoid touching. When handing an item to a person, such as bills or a business card, it is customary to hold it with both hands. Pointing with an index finger is considered rude; use an open hand to point at someone or something. Respect your elders; any perceived slight of another person will be multiplied if the aggrieved is older than you. Being loud and obnoxious will get you fewer results than being respectful and speaking in modulated tones.
Free Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi

Communications

Free Wi-Fi is offered at most hotels and restaurants throughout Vietnam. The newer boutique hotels in Hanoi now offer laptops for in-room use. Internet cafés in remote areas like Sapa are hard to come by, but hotels usually have business centers or a Wi-Fi signal. There are plenty of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country, and most cafés and pho shops will lure customers by advertising an available connection. Be aware that there are government restrictions on social networking sites, so don’t be surprised if you can’t log on to Facebook outside your hotel room. To use your mobile phone abroad, find out if your cell phone carrier has a World Plan that offers roaming and coverage in Vietnam. A more affordable option is to unlock your cell phone and purchase a local SIM card in Vietnam, which will operate on local rates as opposed to international roaming fees.